World Championships Press ReleaseAugust 25, 2015
It is with great pride that India will host the World Bridge Championship to be held in Chennai from the 26th of September to the 10th of October 2015. To host a World sports Championship is a rare honour for our country, and the Bridge Federation of India (BFI) is working tirelessly to conduct the event in a manner befitting India’s reputation as a fast-developing economy which still retains all the splendour of a rich history.
The BFI’s endeavors have been blessed with the support of our esteemed Minister of State for Sports & Youth affairs, Sri Sarbananda Sonowal. The Minister has recommended setting up a Bridge Foundation in our cities to promote the sport, especially among the youth. The Minister has made this suggestion as he says that this sport is a great stress buster. Being a very intellectually absorbing game, bridge helps to both sharpen the mind and to focus in a balanced way. This calm balance coupled with rapid thinking, trains the mind to work under intense pressure. Sri Sarbananda Sonowal therefore, further states that it is important to promote bridge in our fast-paced modern world because people from varied walks of life need a safe and beneficial outlet for stress. And, in particular, children need to be attracted to this sport as they too carry a heavy work-load at a very young age indeed. Once the Bridge Foundation can draw youngsters to the sport through training and competitions, the sport can be promoted in schools too.
Bridge is also recommended for people playing other competitive sports at the highest level, as a preparation for performing at their peak under extreme pressure. The quick decision-making skills and calculated moves learnt at the bridge table have helped businessmen and professionals across the world. One needs looks no further than two of the richest men in the world, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, who are both passionately involved in the game. To quote Mr.Warner Buffet, “Bridge has got to be the best intellectual exercise out there. You’re seeing through new situations every ten minutes” “In bridge, you have to behave in a way that gets the best from your partner. And in business, you behave in the way that gets the best from your manager and your employees.”
The Minister hopes that the World Championships being held in India will prove a turning point in the history of Bridge in India and help to break misconceptions that it is a mere card-game.
With the guidance of our esteemed Minister, the BFI hopes that the sport will grow and flourish in India. The BFI also looks forward to keen public support during the World Championships to be held in our beautiful city.
And if you are still not tempted to try your hand at this marvelous sport, let us tell you that Ian Fleming’s James Bond, “007”, was a deft player himself, defeating the evil villain in “Moonraker”!! And to quote Mr.Buffet again, “Bridge is such a sensational game that I wouldn’t mind being in jail if I had three cellmates who were decent players!”